China's New FTC-2000G Light Multi-utility Combat Aircraft

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China's New FTC-2000G Light Multi-utility Combat Aircraft

By IndraStra Global News Team

Image Attribute: The first plane of the FTC-2000G series during a ceremony held at AVIC's Guizhou plant this week. Photo: Company Handout.

Image Attribute: The first plane of the FTC-2000G series during a ceremony held at AVIC's Guizhou plant on September 29, 2018. Photo: Company Handout.

On September 29, 2018, China conducted the maiden flight of FTC-2000G - a fixed-wing, light multi-role combat plane - a derivative of FTC-2000 (GAIC’s JL-9) jet trainer series, in the city of Anshun in southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to the state media. FTC-2000G, developed by state-owned defense company Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC), mainly tasked with airstrikes against ground targets.

The aircraft flew for about 16 minutes. More than 1,000 people, including AVIC executives and provincial leaders as well as ambassadors and the military attachés from several nations, took part in witnessing the "first flight".

Hu Jianxing, chief designer of the FTC-2000G at Guizhou Aviation Industry, said the aircraft features highly economical operational characteristics and can carry out tasks in all weather conditions and at night. According to Wang Wenfei, the chief commander of the aircraft, they spent seven months developing the aircraft and used technological innovation to improve its flight performance. Eventually, breaking the record for aircraft assembly in China.

FTC-2000G has adopted a cutting-edge wing design and a unique BUMP inlet on the front and back flap of large areas, claiming itself as a fourth generational aircraft. It features attacking, fighting and training functions (mode of operations) and can fully replace the existing F-7 and A-5 aircraft.

Chart Attribute: The technical specification of FTG-2000G / Source: Company Handout

Chart Attribute: The technical specification of FTG-2000G / Source: Company Handout

It has a maximum speed of Mach 1.2, or 1,470 km per hour, a maximum takeoff weight of 11 metric tons, a maximum flight range of 2,400 km, and an operational flight ceiling of 15 km. Equipped with modern radar and fire-control systems, it is capable of staying airborne for three hours in a single operation and with seven hardpoints, its maximum load capacity is 3,000 kilograms, AVIC said, adding that it is equipped with air-to-surface weapons.

The aircraft will be exhibited at the 12th China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (to be held from November 6 to 11) in Zhuhai.

OPERATIONAL HISTORY

In May 2018, China delivered six FTC-2000s to Sudanese Air Force, FTC-2000G's predecessor.